Madeira to the Selvagems
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Paul & Anette Morris
Sat 15 Jul 2006 12:33
On our way to the Selvagem Islands right now - so named because of all the salvage that goes on there!! They are surrounded by shoals and rocks, but apparently worth going to to. We got our permit in Madeira the other day, so hopefully we'll be able to land. Swell and tide permitting of course. At the moment there is a large 4 metre swell from the North, but not much wind now, only 3's. It was a bit lumpy in the night, and I found myself looking up at some of the waves as they threatened to 'poop' us. So we're rolling around this morning, hoping to reach the islands by mid afternoon, having left Madeira yesterday morning.
It was a beautiful day for sailing yesterday. The sun was shining, the winds were 5's and constant....until the shackle on the main sheet at the boom end snapped with a resounding Bang! Luckily, I'm one of those freaks who just can't go past a chandlers without buying a 'spare shackle', and we had it replaced and were back on course in no time.
The attached photos are of leaving Madeira, me trying to have my 'sundowners' (Force 6 in the glass and Force 4 on the water!), and of Anette cooking spag' bol' for our supper.